South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada is currently on a break from cricket, preparing for the upcoming busy schedule. South Africa is set to face Australia in a white-ball series at home starting from August 30. Following that, they will participate in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, commencing on October 5 in India. Rabada believes that South Africa holds an advantage in the World Cup due to the participation of several Proteas players in the IPL. IPL 2023 saw players like David Miller, Quinton de Kock, Anrich Nortje, and Tristan Stubbs in action.
“Heading into the World Cup in India, I do think that we have an advantage because we have played in the IPL for so many years. We have played at most of the grounds, if not all, so we understand those conditions,”
In his IPL career, Kagiso Rabada has played 69 matches. Taking 106 wickets at an average of 20.74 and an economy rate of 8.42. He holds the record for being the quickest bowler to reach 100 wickets in the tournament in just 64 matches. However, in the IPL 2023, he managed only seven wickets in six matches for Punjab Kings, and his team did not qualify for the playoffs. In the 2019 ODI World Cup, Rabada struggled, taking 11 wickets in nine matches with an average of 36.09 as South Africa exited the tournament in the group stage.
South Africa to change their fortunes in ODI World Cup 2023?
South Africa’s ODI World Cup history has been disappointing, with no appearances in the final since their debut in 1992. They suffered four consecutive knockout defeats before securing a win over Sri Lanka in the 2015 tournament. However, their journey ended in the semifinals as they were defeated by New Zealand. As the upcoming edition approaches, led by Temba Bavuma, the team is eager for a turnaround and aims to make history on Indian soil.
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